July/August 2011 - Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies

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July/August 2011 - Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies
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The Caloosahatchee
Bromeliad
Society’’s
Caloosahatchee
Meristem
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CALOOSAHATCHEE BROMELIAD
SOCIETY OFFICERS
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
PRESIDENT—Vicky Chirnside ([email protected])
VICE-PRESIDENT—Marsha Crawford [email protected]
SECRETARY—MaryLynn Murphy ([email protected])
TREASURER—Betty Ann Prevatt ([email protected])
PAST-PRESIDENT—Eleanor Kinzie ([email protected])
STANDING COMMITTEES CHAIRPERSONS
NEWSLETTER EDITOR—Larry Giroux ([email protected])
FALL SALES CHAIRs—Geri & Dave Prall ([email protected]);
Brian Weber ([email protected])
PROGRAM CHAIRPERSON—Bruce McAlpin
WORKSHOP CHAIRPERSON—Catherine Petersen ([email protected])
SPECIAL PROJECTS—Gail Daneman ([email protected])
CBS FCBS Rep.—Vicky Chirnside ([email protected])
CBS FCBS Rep.—Position available
OTHER COMMITTEES
AUDIO/VISUAL SETUP—Bob Lura, Terri Lazar, Vicky Chirnside
DOOR PRIZE—Terri Lazar ([email protected]
HOSPITALITY—Mary McKenzie ; Sue Gordon
SPECIAL HOSPITALITY—Betsy Burdette ([email protected]
RAFFLE TICKETS—Greeter/Membership table volunteers—Dolly Dalton, Luli Westra
RAFFLE COMMENTARY—Larry Giroux
GREETERS/ATTENDENCE—Betty Ann Prevatt; Dolly Dalton ([email protected]), Luli Westra
SHOW & TELL—Dale Kammerlohr ([email protected])
FM-LEE GARDEN COUNCIL—Mary McKenzie
LIBRARIAN—Kay Janssen
The opinions expressed in the Meristem are those of the authors. They do
not necessarily represent the views of the Editor or the official policy of
CBS. Permission to reprint is granted with acknowledgement. Original art
work remains the property of the artist and special permission may be
needed for reproduction.
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THE
CALOOSAHATCHEE
BROMELIAD SOCIETY
July Meeting– Sunday, July 17th
August Meeting– Sunday, August 21st
Covenant Presbyterian Church
The church facility is located near downtown Fort Myers, Florida, at 2439
McGregor Blvd., just one block south of the Edison Home parking lot and
about 1 1/2 miles north of our previous meeting location— St. John the
Apostle Church. The facility is approximately 2.5 miles north of the
intersection of Colonial Blvd. and McGregor Blvd.
Doors open at 12:30PM for setup, Workshop starts at 1:15PM.
Everything stays the same...Bring food, raffle items, Friendship table items,
Show and Tell plants.
Membership Sales are allowed at these meetings
July Program and Speaker
Over three years ago, Guillermo Rivera, owner and operator of ―Guillermo
Rivera South America Nature Tours‖ presented the program- ―Bromeliads of
Northern Argentina: A Habitat Approach‖. With a B.S. in Biology and a
Doctorate degree in Botany, his hands on approach to his diverse tours as
well as his talent for photography, he is able to educate and entertain us in a
special way. Guillermo returns in July to the CBS with his ―Brazil– A
Bromeliad Adventure‖ presentation. With several tours to the bromeliad rich
regions of Brazil in his portfolio, I am sure that we are in for an exciting
program full of sights and plants we dream of seeing in real life. Be sure not
to miss this travel diary.
The Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society is an active Affiliate of:
Cryptanthus Society
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FCBS
FM/LC GC
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August Program and Speaker
At nearly every CBS Show and Sale that I can remember, Betty Ann Prevatt
and Eleanor Kinzie have created a ―Florida Native Bromeliad‖ display. Betty
Ann has agreed to give the August Program on this topic. After her
presentation, hopefully we will be able to explore the numerous nature
preserves we are blessed to have in our own area of SW Florida and be able
to identify the bromeliads in the trees.
July Workshop
Florida is blessed with abundant rain and sunshine to allow us to grow our
bromeliads and other tropical and sub-tropical plants. However, our soil has
something to be desired. To accommodate our poor soil, we tend to grow our
terrestrials in containers where we can regulate the soil ingredients. For our
larger terrestrials and plants, which need to go in the ground, Catherine Peterson is going to lead a discussion at the July Workshop on how to amend
your yard soil, what works and doesn’t.
August Workshop
This is a Show year. By the time of our August meeting you will have only
two months to come up with cryptanthus entries for the International Cryptanthus Show at the Extravaganza in Daytona Beach in November and three
months for our Show in December. Donna Schneider, a relative Novice at
showing plants will give her view point on exhibiting. In addition, Steve Seal
who is a Student Judge, with several classes and a few judgings under his belt
will contribute a Judge’s take on how to get the AM ribbons for your entries.
May 2011 Program
Dr. Teresa Cooper who
specializes in
biological
control of infestations and the
conservation of natural lands
was an ideal speaker to give us
a three decade history of the
―Mexican Weevil‖, which is
devastating both native Florida
bromeliads
as
well
as
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cultivated bromeliads. Many thanks to Dr. Cooper for keeping us up
to date on efforts to eradicate or at least control Metamasius
callidonia in Florida utilizing biological control.
June 2011 Program
Dennis and Linda Cathcart, owners and operators
of the largest retail bromeliad nursery in Florida
again gave up their precious down time to give us a
look at the incredible new ―Gardens by the Sea‖,
being constructed in Singapore. For the last couple
years, Tropiflora has been exporting thousands of
Dennis Cathcart
bromeliads to Singapore to help with the creation
of this unique botanical garden. About two years ago, Harry Luther
of the Marie Selby Botanic Gardens was also recruited as a Staff
Science Adviser. I don’t want to forget to also thank Dennis, Linda
and our own member, Brian Weber for bringing a large assortment of
plants for sale. Below is an artist’s rendition of the completed
gardens. Based on actual pictures taken by Dennis, this mockup will
be ready for visitors very soon.
Model of ―Garden by the Sea‖ in Singapore. Original slide by Dennis Cathcart.
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May Workshop
CBS has been very fortunate to have had hybridizers, the likes of
Hattie Lou and Sam Smith, Jim Irvin and Grant Groves, to name a
few. Dale Kammerlohr a member of CBS for the past 22 years is also
listed among those talented individuals. At our May workshop Dale
drew upon his many years as a hybridizer both as a hobbyist and
professional to show us his methods of hybridizing bromeliads and
sowing the resultant seeds. I think he was very persuasive in getting
some of the audience to try their hand at creating new cultivars. Thank
you Dale for your continued gifts of your time and talents.
June Workshop
Unfortunately, CBS member Faye Hunt of Naples was unable to
attend and demonstrate the mounting of bromeliads at our June
Workshop. Nevertheless, Larry Giroux, Donna Schneider and Bruce
McAlpin with the help of others in the audience, were able to conduct
the Workshop. From the type of mounting materials, to the best plants
to use, to the actual mechanics, members and guests left not
disappointed. Hopefully at some other time we can enjoy a look at
Faye’s mountings, which are art works in themselves. Also thanks to
Larry and Donna for bringing in lots of wood, which was raffled off.
Work Days at the Bromeliad Garden
We have probably the best garden on the grounds of the Virginia Street
LCFMGC location. On Saturday May 28th and Saturday June 4th, about 10
members and friends of the CBS showed up to trim and clean up our
flourishing garden. Many thanks to all who participated. We now have a new
larger sign identifying our garden. Check out the entire site when you are in
the neighborhood.
Holiday Party Date Change
Just a heads up—-The CBS Holiday Party will be held on the SECOND
Sunday of December at Laura Cordell’s home in Buckingham. Please reserve
that date change.
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Bromeliad Expose’ By Larry Giroux
I was walking by my collection of billbergias and commented to myself, out
loud (I’m allowed to do that now that I’m a senior citizen) about how
horrible they all look. I grabbed my helper and told him to start dragging
those plants into the shadehouse…we were going to clean them up.
Unfortunately I forgot to tell him to check them while outside for unwanted
creatures, before bringing them into the enclosure. Needless to say I was
quite relieved that all we found was a few roaches, centipedes, silverfish,
scale, assortment of weeds, mushrooms, frogs, etc, etc. The ―Evil one‖ did
not show his stripe. We commenced with the chore of cleaning the plants,
repotted most and threw out several unfortunate ones, which didn’t make it
through the last two winters; sprayed them well and decided they deserved to
be inside for a while.
Almost when we were finished with this phase of the Spring/Summer
cleaning, my face
broke into a big
smile. There dangling
from its arched stem,
arrogantly dispelling
the time honored
believe that ―if you
blink, you’ll miss the
blooming
of
a
billbergia‖, was the
twelve inch long,
fully
dehisced
Photo of my billbergia in bloom.
Note the beautifully patterned leaves.
This is a characteristic of many billbergia
species.
Photo by Larry
Giroux
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Closeup of the
flower parts of my
billbergia. Note the
pointed sepals.
Photo by Larry
Giroux
inflorescence
of
Billbergia
pallidiflora…I
think.
You
all
remember Murphy’s
Law—―If something
can go wrong, it
probably
will.‖
Guess
which
billbergia
didn’t
have one of my
handy,
dandy,
indestructible, almost free, PVC labels welded in the pot by the plant’s roots?
I hate squirrels!
I grabbed my camera and took pictures of the inflorescence, close-up of the
flowers and included a view of the pattern on the leaves. (You can see these
on accompanying pages of this issue of the Caloosahatchee Bromeliad
Society Newsletter (July-August 2011)). I remembered from having written a
previous article about billbergias that Francisco Oliva-Esteve’s book
Bromeliads, Armitano Editores, C.A, Caracas, Venezula, 2000, was one of
the best sources of information concerning the billbergias of the Subfamily:
Helicodea. The page was still ear marked. Yup, all the same characteristics—
medium sized, funnel form rosette of green leaves with silver cross bars, long
pink bracts, simple arched inflorescence, scape covered with white scales,
pink floral bracts, white sepals, green petals and lavender stamens. At this
point I should have simply believed my eyes; pictures tell a thousand words.
I have Billbergia pallidiflora, I think? But, somewhere in my mind I
remember at one time having Billbergia venezuelana (now called Billbergia
rosea) and Billbergia zebrina, so I just had to check that out to be sure. And
that picture of Billbergia porteana and that one of Billbergia zebrina in
Francisco’s book all look so much like my picture! Someone must have
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FCBS.org/butcher/B_porteana.htm
Check out the table in Uncle Derek’s column. Who would have believed
that a simple sepal shape seemingly settled the species query. Of the four
species, if all the pictures I have seen are to be believed then only Billbergia
rosea has pointed sepals just like my plant. I must have Billbergia rosea, I
think?
Can curious minds get confused? You bet. I was still not satisfied.
Remember Flora Neotropica (Monograph No.14 Part 3: Bromelioideae) by
Smith and Down? Just happens that all the billbergia species in question are
described in this book. ―Acute‖ (meaning ―ending in a sharp point with
sides nearly straight‖) is used to describe the sepals of pallidiflora,
porteana, and zebrina; while the sepals of rosea are described as ―narrowly
triangular‖ without the use of the word ―acute‖. In all the drawings of these
4 species in Smith and Down’s book, the sepals look pointed not ovate
(meaning ―with an outline like that of a hen’s egg‖).
That settled things, didn’t it???
I have a beautiful billbergia, regardless of its name… this I know!
(Left)
Billbergia
rosea
Photo by
Frank
Sherman
(Right)
Billbergia zebrina
Photo by
John Catlan
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(Above)
Billbergia porteana
Photo by
Derek Butcher
All photos courtesy of
fcbs.org
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Front and Back Cover Photos
CBS members Geri and David Prall as many of you are aware are
involved in many other plant families other than bromeliads. Photos of their
extensive gardens will attest to their enjoyment of cactus and palm trees. On
a recent trip to a plant convention, they were pleasantly surprised when they
found some unusual bromeliads we cannot grow well here in SW Florida.
This month I feature pictures by Geri and David on the front and back
covers. Our featured pictures are of Puya alpestris.
Geri wrote me this note along with the pictures…‖We had an
awesome trip to southern California. The most popular bromeliad is Puya. I
saw this spectacular blue bloom and couldn't believe it was a
bromeliad. (The enclosed) pictures were taken at the San Diego Botanical
Garden (formerly Quail Gardens). We did see many other puyas in bloom but
none compared to these.‖
Photo taken by Geri Prall of David Prall while he photographed Puya alpestris
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The following article was written by Victoria Padilla for her book
Bromeliads, Crown Publishers, Inc. New York, NY, 1973. Some of the
facts may have changed with the discovery of new species.
PUYA
Molina (pew'ya) (Name taken from the
Mapuche Indians of Chile, meaning "point")
The genus Puya has several distinctions: It is reputed to be the most
primitive member of the entire bromeliad family; it has the largest species in
the family, and it has the species that takes the longest to bloom. This is P.
raimondii, which reaches a height of 35 feet and takes up to 150 years to
develop a flower spike.
All puyas are rugged plants, being native to the Andean highlands, at
altitudes of 10,000 to 14,-500 feet. They are terrestrial or saxicolous, existing along foggy banks or on rocky mountain-sides, the days hot and the
nights cool, and in some instances even tolerating drought or snow. Only
one species, P. dasylirioides, has strayed from its Andean homeland. It is
to be found in Costa Rica, growing in the peaty swamps of the Cerro de
Morte at an altitude of 10,000 feet.
Puyas generally range in height from 1 to 30 feet. They have a rosette
of stiff, spiny leaves that are generally green, gray, or blue green. The
inflorescence, rising from the center of the plant, is often striking for its
unusual color combina-tions: the petals in blue, purple, and green and the
bracts in pink, red, brown, or green. The flower spike may be simple or
branching. Some of the species develop a yucca-like trunk because they
continue to bloom through the years from the center of the same plant.
But most puyas grow in large clumps,
covering many square feet; as each
plant matures, it sends out new
offshoots.
There are over 160 species of puyas, but
only a few are found in cultivation
because their size and requirements
place them out of the range of the
average collector.
The finest collection of puyas is to be
found in the Desert Garden of the
Huntington Botanic Gardens in San
Marino, California.
Many of the Puya species are quite
spectacular in size. This is Puya
chiliensis. Photo by Peter Tristam
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Adding
to
the
grandiose
appearance of these plants, at
blooming the inflorescence is
often covered with flowers all
blooming at the same time.
Flower colors are white as seen
here with Puya alba, yellow, deep
blue/ greens and various shades
of blue. Photo by Lotte
Hromradnik.
Puya assurgens is of a manageable size and is grown in captivity
in shadehouses and in the landscape. Photo by Len Harrison.
Puya bravoi is another species of
a smaller size, but still has a
large attractive inflorescence.
Special environmental conditions
are still necessary to grow this
high altitude plant. Photo is
from JBS, Vol 58, No.5.
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The environs from which these plants come are just as spectacular as
many of the plants themselves.
As outstanding as Puya
alpestris,
the
species
photographed by the Pralls
is,
this
plant,
Puya
berteroniana, from Chile,
which is often confused
with Puya alpestris, is even
more
flamboyant.
Its
rosette is larger and has
more flowers with the same
intense
blue/
green
coloration. Photo by K.
Woods.
All photos other than those
by the Pralls are courtesy of
FCBS.org.
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David Bogart is a new member of the Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society,
who lives in LaBelle, Florida. He is a chemist by training. For many years he
had a greenhouse full of bromeliads in Gainesville. He became quite successful with foliar feeding of his plants with unique mixtures, which he devised. One of his major challenges was the very hard water he had to contend with in his location. The attached article by David reveals his secrets. Thank you David for sharing this information.
Foliar Feeding
By David Bogart ([email protected])
The Chemistry of Foliar Feeding
Foliar feeding is the application of dilute fertilizer solutions to the
leaves of plants. Bromeliads, orchids, ferns and other epiphytes typically don’t have roots in the soil in their native setting and have
evolved to absorb nutrients very efficiently through all portions of the
plant, including the leaves. While all epiphytes can survive on very
little in the way of fertilizers, adding a foliar fertilizer can really make
them thrive. Epiphytes, begonias, gardenias, hibiscus, ferns, citrus
and bananas all absorb foliar fertilizers efficiently. Note that grasses,
palms, bamboos, vegetables, plants that prefer full sun and plants
species from temperate climates are generally poor acceptors of foliar
feeding.
One area where foliar feeding is especially useful is in the providing of
so called “micronutrients”. Limestone (Calcium Carbonate) ties up
micronutrients and most all
south Florida irrigation water
A drawing of a typical appearing trichome of a epiphytic tillandsia. It is the
presence of these structures
on the surface of bromeliads,
which allow foliar feeding.
The central disk cells of trichomes of terrestrials are not
as organized as those seen
here, but studies show that
they provide the same function as epiphytic disk cells.
Drawing by Larry Giroux
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is saturated with limestone. In addition to the water, most soils in
southwest Florida are “uncoated” limestone and also tie up micronutrients. Foliar fertilizer compositions can be designed to avoid the effects of the limestone on micronutrients. The phosphorus in most
fertilizers will also tie up micronutrients. The combination of limestone
in the water and phosphorus in a fertilizer will even tie up micronutrients “chelated” with EDTA. The most common micronutrient deficiencies in southwest Florida are iron, zinc and manganese.
In this cross section drawing of a ―dry‖ trichome (top), the various
structural parts and cells are marked. The wing is curled upright and
the Central Disk is in concave mode and acts as a plug to the movement
of water and dissolved solids through the epidermis and into the leaf
tissue. The same trichome (bottom) under wet conditions. Here the
wing is lying flat against the leaf surface and the Central disk cells are
swollen and convex; the arrows and lines show the path of water
through the peripheral ring cells of the central disk, the Dome cell and
Stalk cells into the leaf tissue.
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One Type of Foliar Fertilizing
Foliar feeding in South Florida is best done with two distinct fertilizer
compositions using alternating applications. For instance, for once a
month feeding, every other month mix one level teaspoon per gallon
of the following “no phosphorus fertilizer plus micronutrients mix”: a
mix of about 22% nitrogen, 13% potassium (two cups ammonium sulfate, two cups potassium nitrate, the combination of ammonium and
nitrate nitrogen being better absorbed than either alone and ammonium sulfate being an acidifying agent), 6% magnesium (one cup magnesium sulfate) and 6% iron (one cup iron sulfate). The amount of
iron is relatively high because the lime in Florida water and oxygen in
the air will quickly oxidize the iron and make most of it unavailable.
Also iron is poorly absorbed by many plants’ leaves. Other minor
elements in the mix are 0.50% manganese (two level tablespoons
manganese sulfate) and 0.25% zinc (one level tablespoon zinc sulfate). Note that the micronutrient ingredients can be obtained at a
hardware store for the magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) and manganese sulfate, most fertilizer stores for the iron sulfate (and the magnesium sulfate) and over the internet at Stark Brothers for the zinc sulfate. A typical well planted yard will require five to ten gallons of this
solution sprayed onto the foliage.
Add a squirt of “Dawntm” dishwasher detergent for a “spreader” and
two tablespoons per gallon (one cup for 5 gallons) of vinegar as a
weak acidifier. Let the “minor element mix” and water sit overnight in
the bucket it was mixed in (some of the ingredients, specifically the
magnesium sulfate, take awhile to dissolve). NEVER mix a phosphorus fertilizer into this spraying (the phosphorus will tie up the iron and
manganese). Ammonium Sulfate is an important constituent of the
first fertilizer as it is acid. The ammonium sulfate neutralizes the alkaline calcium carbonate in the south Florida water by the equation
CaCO3 + (NH4)2SO4 = CaSO4 + (NH4)2CO3 = CaSO4 + 2NH3 +
H2O + CO2 . This changes the alkaline calcium carbonate to neutral
calcium sulfate while releasing ammonia and carbon
dioxide as gases. The now
neutral water is no longer
capable of tying up micronutrients.
Once every other month, in
the months between the miPhoto of cryptanthus trichomes. These function similarly as do typical epiphytic
trichomes. Photo by Larry
Giroux.
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cronutrient feeding, mix one level teaspoon per gallon of 20-20-20
soluble fertilizer (available from fertilizer stores in 25 pound bags).
This fertilizer has the minor elements in it as an EDTA chelated form.
Unfortunately the dissolved limestone in Florida water will break the
iron/EDTA bond (this bond is only stable at a Ph of 7.0 or lower) and
allow the iron to be tied up by the phosphorus. This is why we recommend alternating “standard” fertilizer with a “no phosphorus” micronutrient rich fertilizer. Add a squirt of “Dawn tm” dishwasher detergent for
a “spreader” and two tablespoons of vinegar per gallon as a weak
acidifier.
Note that alternating the two fertilizers gives a NPK ratio of about 2110-17, very close to the 20-10-20 that the experts at Tropifloratm use
in their foliar spray. Note also that commercial foliar fertilizer manufacturers such as the makers of Miracidtm and Miracle Growtm recommend one tablespoon of fertilizer per gallon. Since a tablespoon is
three teaspoons our recommended concentration is one third the
manufacturers. This is to prevent foliage burning in Florida’s high
temperatures.
Proportioning Device
A good way to quickly fertilize a lot of plants quickly and without a lot
of effort is to use a large volume water pressurized proportioning device. A proportioning device also allows the tall trees in the yard to be
sprayed and encourages the growth of native epiphytes such as resurrection fern and tillandsias (such as Spanish moss) on the trees.
Several proportioning devices can be purchased at the hardware
store. Unfortunately they use a proportioning system which is difficult
to use. The liquid setting is 1 tsp through 4 tsp. At these settings a
full jar of fertilizer will use 48 to 192 gallons of water before the concentrated fertilizer solution in it is gone.
If we aim for 48 gallons of solution sprayed out per bottle of fertilizer
solution (a setting of one tsp) that equates to 48 teaspoons, 16 tablespoons or 1 level cup of dry fertilizer in a one quart container of fluid.
A standard yard would probably require six quarts of such a solution,
or six refills of the device. Note four quarts equals one gallon and one
gallon of solution will require four level cups of fertilizer. That’s a lot
of fertilizer to go into solution and will require overnight to dissolve.
Timing of Foliar Spraying
It is important to spray hydroponic fertilizer as the sun is rising. The
longer the fertilizer solution stays liquid on the leaves of the plants the
more nutrients are absorbed. Evaporation speed is the lowest very
early in the morning. It is important not to spray between 10:00 AM
and 5:00 PM as hot sun combined with foliar fertilizer will burn leaves
and the high evaporation rate will considerably reduce the amount of
fertilizer absorbed by the plants.
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CBS Meeting Minutes May 15th, 2011
LOCATION: Covenant Presbyterian Church, Ft. Myers, FL.
ATTENDANCE: 33; including new member David Bogert and the following guests: Pete Diamond, Margaret England and Kris Morton. WORKSHOP: Member Dale Kammerlohr presented a highly informative talk on
hybridizing bromeliads. PROGRAM: Dr. Teresa Cooper spoke passionately on the subject of biologic control of the Mexican Bromeliad Weevil. Thus
far, there has been limited success with the use of the parasitic wasp in Florida. Dr. Cooper remains optimistic and is committed to continuing her research. BREAK: A thirty minute break was enjoyed. Thank you to Mary
McKenzie and volunteers for refreshments. CALL TO ORDER: President,
Vicky Chirnside called the meeting to order at 3:45pm. COMMITTEE REPORTS: Reports and announcements will appear on the bulletin board for
the membership to read. NEW BUSINESS: Thank you notes from the
Cryptanthus Society and FCBS for our 2011 donations were acknowledged.
Harry Luther and our own Dr. Larry Giroux will be speakers at the 2012
World Conference. Treasurer, Betty Ann Prevatt announced the 2011 First
Quarter Treasurer’s Report. Balance on hand as of March 31, 2011:
$10,013.85. SHOW & TELL: Conducted by Dale Kammerlohr. DOOR
PRIZE: A lucky attendee won a Neoregelia. RAFFLE: Conducted by Dr.
Larry Giroux and assisted by Dolly Dalton. ADJOURNMENT: President,
Vicky Chirnside adjourned the meeting at 4:15pm.
Respectfully submitted by,
MaryLynn Murphy, CBS Secretary. [email protected]
CBS BOARD MEETING June 19th, 2011
LOCATION: Covenant Presbyterian Church, Ft. Myers, FL.
ATTENDANCE: 45 members; new members: Pete Diamond, Linda and
Bob Soter, Margaret England. WORKSHOP: ―Mounting Bromeliads‖ led
by Dr. Larry Giroux. Members shared their recommendations for mounting
epiphytes. The following surfaces were suggested: bleached buttonwood;
cork; tree fern fiber; rock; trees that have a rough surface and bamboo.
Donna Schneider uses ―Plumber’s Goop‖ to mount tillandsias. This product
dries clear and allows the roots to grow through the glue. Galvanized wiring,
fishing tackle and zip ties were recommended to hang a mounting.
PROGRAM: Dennis Cathcart of Tropiflora Nursery presented a program
on Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. Six years ago Tropiflora began
discussions with Dr. Kiat Tan and the Government of Singapore for
Tropiflora to sell their collection. It was a two year journey to finalize the
contract. Tropiflora has sent tons of bare root bromeliads and other plants for
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the 60 acre project. Dr. Tan’s vision of Singapore is a city within a garden.
BREAK: A thirty minute break was enjoyed. Thank you to Mary McKenzie
and volunteers for refreshments. CALL TO ORDER: President, Vicky
Chirnside called the meeting to order at 3:40pm. MINUTES: Terri Lazar
motioned to accept the minutes from the May 15 th, 2011 when published.
Betsy Burdette seconded the motion. (Larry Giroux confirmed that the May
Minutes would be included in the Jul/Aug Meristem). COMMITTEE
REPORTS: Reports and announcements will appear on the bulletin board or
printed in the newsletter for the membership to read. NEW BUSINESS:
Dr. Larry Giroux reported that the new Editor for the BSI is Evan
Bartholomew of Hawaii and that he is looking for non-scientific articles to
be submitted in the BSI Journal. DOOR PRIZE: Bruce McAlpin donated a
mounted Aechmea chantinii won by Margaret England. SHOW AND
TELL: Conducted by Dale Kammerlohr. RAFFLE: Conducted by Dr.
Larry Giroux and assisted by Dolly Dalton, Terri Lazar and Betsy Burdette.
ADJOURNMENT: President, Vicky Chirnside adjourned the meeting at
4:35 pm.
Respectfully submitted by,
MaryLynn Murphy, CBS Secretary. [email protected]
Calendar of Bromeliad Events
November 4th—5th, 2011
2011 Bromeliad Extravaganza & The 12th Biennial International
Cryptanthus Show. A judged Show will be held on the 4th, with
Sales, Seminars, Banquet, Rare Plant Auction. The Plaza Resort and
Spa, Dayton Beach, Florida.
December 2nd-4th, 2011
The CBS Bromeliad Show and Sale. Terry Park. Entries and
Judging Friday, Show and Sale open to the public - Saturday 9AM5PM and Sunday 10AM-4PM
December 10th, 2011
The CBS Holiday Party has been moved to the second Sunday of
December. It will be held at the Buckingham home of Laura Cordell.
Details to follow as the date gets closer.
Read the Expanded Newsletter
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the Meristem exclusively by e-mail and I have gotten a good response
from the membership. I want to remind the members that even if they
can not receive the e-mail version, because they have dial-up internet
service, they can still go to www.fcbs.org and read the expanded Meristem directly online. Go to www.fcbs.org to view this expanded electronic issue, if you are not already opting to receive it or let me know if
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CBS Meristem July-August 2011
CBS Meristem July-August 2011
Dr. Larry Giroux, Editor
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This is your July/August Newsletter

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